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New Medicare Cards to Feature New Identifiers

CMS, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, MSP News, Social Security on May 31, 2017 | Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

As reported several months ago, CMS has begun preparation of a new fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers (SSN) from all Medicare cards.  This initiative is the result of the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which mandated the removal of the SSN-based HICN from Medicare cards.  Known […] Continue

Possible furloughs for the Social Security Administration in the future?

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Social Security on August 12, 2016 | Posted by Jean S. Goldstein, JD

There’s been talk and chatter about the possibility of Social Security Offices and staff being furloughed in the near future.  Nearly three years ago, in 2013, we experienced the government shut down, and extreme delays in the processing of everything from CMS’ review of Medicare Set Asides to Social Security Verifications.  Should furloughs occur in […] Continue

WC Settlement Used as Evidence that Claimant was not Disabled for Purposes of Social Security Benefits

CMS, Commentary, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Social Security on June 16, 2016 | Posted by Jennifer Jordan, JD, MSCC

Ever wonder what happens after a case is settled in which no MSA was funded because the parties all agreed that there was no reasonable anticipation of Medicare entitlement within the magical 30 months from the date of settlement?  The answer is as we all suspected:  the claimant proceeds to apply for Social Security Disability […] Continue

Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees Call for Swift Action by Lawmakers in 2015

CMS, Medicare, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Social Security on July 27, 2015 | Posted by Jessica M. Wingenroth, JD

Last week the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees released their 2015 Annual Reports, recommending “prompt corrective action by lawmakers.” In their Message to the Public, the most urgent action was called for the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which has trust fund reserves that are expected to deplete in late 2016. A 2016 […] Continue

Government Shutdown Affects SSA Operations

Medicare Set-Aside Blog, News and Events, Social Security on October 1, 2013 | Posted by Jon Gunter, CMSP

Well, it’s official. Congress missed the budget deadline and the first government shutdown in the last 17 years has begun. Reports indicate that today some 800,000 federal workers were not allowed to show up for work. Many programs have ceased operations immediately, while others are working with skeleton crews. Programs within the Social Security Administration […] Continue

2013 Medicare Trustees’ Report Gives the HI Trust Fund 2 More Years

Commentary, Medicare Set-Aside Blog, Social Security on June 4, 2013 | Posted by Jennifer Jordan, JD, MSCC

  On May 31, 2013, the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees posted the 2013 Annual Reports and the Medicare Health Insurance Trust Fund gained two years over the 2012 predicted depletion of 2024. Due to increased payroll deductions and higher premiums imposed on the wealthy and some cost saving successes of the Affordable […] Continue